Neither one is better per say but can be better suited for individuals’ needs. This is why, Elegance Sculpting in Parksville BC, offers both stand up and lay down tanning bed options.

Lay Down Tanning Beds

Lay down tanning beds are most likely the beds you are most familiar with. Lay down tanning beds have been around for decades and are still the most common in the industry. This type of tanning bed is often preferred due to the relaxation involvedlay down, relax and be a bronze goddess in a matter of 20 minutes.

Depending on your specific pressure points, you may need to adjust your positioning several times throughout your lay down tanning session in order to ensure an overall, even tan. 


Stand Up Tanning Beds

Our newest tanning bed at Elegance Sculpting is a stand up bed. With the combination of higher watt bulb and reflectors, stand up tanning beds are an efficient option for those looking for an even glow quickly (sessions require half the amount of time of lay down beds). 

Many opt for stand up tanning beds due to the less restrictive space and because they do not require any physical contact.


The Difference Between Lay Down Tanning Beds and Stand Up Tanning Beds


  • Intensity – While lay down tanning beds are typically between 100-120 watts, stand up tanning beds fall around the 160 watt mark. While a more intense watt means faster results, it can be too much for individuals prone to sunburns. 



  • Minimum Time Requirement – Due to the higher intensity of the stand up tanning bed, the minimum time requirement for each session is much shorter than lay down beds50% shorter to be exact. The recommended minimum time per session for stand up tanning beds is 10 minutes. Compared to the 20-minute minimum of lay down tanning beds, this could be a deciding factor for individuals pressed for time. 


  • Consistent Coverage – With lay down tanning beds, there will always be pressure points that may not receive the same, even coverage as the rest of your body. If you think of lying down, what areas of your body touch the bed directly? Your buttox, thighs, and upper back perhaps? With stand up tanning beds, no direct contact is made which allows for an even tanning experience free from position changes. 


Elegance Tip: Lotion should be used with both types of tanning beds to avoid drying out the skin and to achieve the best, glowing results. We offer a variety of tanning lotions at Elegance Sculpting; speak to our team about which product is best for your desired results. 



  • Restrictions – Are you a clustophic person? Do you have trouble standing for an extended period of time? Do you have any back problems? All these factors will help determine which tanning bed you are most comfortable with. 



Before deciding, talk to our team at Elegance Sculpting about any concerns you may have and take a look at both spaces. Likely, you’ll have a preference.  


How to choose: Stand Up Tanning Beds VS Lay Down Tanning Beds

Choosing which style of tanning bed is best is entirely based on the individual, their lifestyle and tanning goals. At Elegance Sculpting, we haven’t been able to choose ourselves so we continue to offer our clients tanning packages to use whichever option they wish on the given day.

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